Jan 102015

Journal de Spirou 'Je suis Charlie' HS (Special Journal de Spirou issue for Charlie Hebdo; ill. Yoann; (c) Dupuis and the artist)

The Journal de Spirou will put out a special issue in response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Editor Frédéric Niffle writes:

Spirou will publish a special issue, to come out already next week, in order to pay tribute to the 12 people killed — among them a number of creators of Charlie Hebdo (Cabu, Charb, Tignous, Wolinski) — and to express why freedom of expression is so important in the civilized world. To say that we do not accept this vision of a totalitarian society.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. — Evelyne Beatrice Hall in 1906, describing Voltaire’s philosophy.

We are therefore asking you for contributions to this special issue.

Your illustrations, your texts, and your pages need to reach us no later than Saturday 10. January (17:00).

A big thank you in advance for your support.

Always remember that Spirou is a magazine that stands for tolerance, under its motto: “Spirou: friend, wherever, forever!”

— Journal de Spirou editors

Since this is not a regular Spirou issue, it will not be sent to subscribers, but only available for direct purchase where magazines are sold. The money will reportedly go to the families of the victims.

While the deadline has already passed, we might expect to see a number of Spirou-related tributes over the coming days. To keep this blog from becoming too morbid, they’ll be added to this post.

Updated 17/01/2015: The magazine can now be ordered online here. Dupuis have also put up a gallery of submissions that weren’t included in the issue here (the Spirou-themed ones are also included below). Continue reading »

Jan 072015

In the face of an atrocity like today’s terrorist attack against the magazine Charlie Hebdo, a blog such as this has little to say. Only that our thoughts and sympathy are with the victims, both dead and injured, and with their families.

Among the cartoonists and comic artists killed was Cabu (Jean Cabut). To honor him and all the other victims, here is a page he made for the Journal de Spirou‘s Galerie des illustres (#3930).

"I'm your Peter Pan" (from 'La galerie des illustres' in JDS #3930; ill. Cabu; (c) the artist; SR scanlation)

Cabu (2013)

Along with this cartoon there was an interview. Continue reading »